What you need to know:
- As the Sauti za Busara Festival continues to evolve, blending tradition with innovation, it remains a testament to Zanzibar's rich cultural heritage and its commitment to providing a stage for artistes to shine on a global platform.
Zanzibar. In its 21st year, the Sauti za Busara Festival continues to captivate audiences with its vibrant cultural performances from artistes around the world.
This annual three-day celebration kicked off yesterday, February 9, 2024, showcasing remarkable advancements that have left both performers and attendees in awe.
Drummer artist Jumanne Bandukine, a member of Asedeva, expressed his admiration for the significant improvements in this year's festival.
He commended the prioritisation of band selection, noting the diverse and talented lineup.
"What sets this year apart is the impressive selection of bands. The festival organisers have truly raised the bar," Bandukine shared.
One standout innovation that caught Bandukine's attention is the incorporation of new technology into the festival's wristband badges.
These badges now serve as a digital payment method, eliminating the need for physical cash.
"The use of wristband badges for transactions is fascinating. I never saw this coming. It means I can now conduct all transactions digitally without carrying physical cash," he explained.
However, not everyone's focus is solely on technological advancements.
Jumanne Isihaka, a Stone Town resident, highlighted how the festival provides a platform for traditional bands.
"I love the traditional bands, and over the years, Sauti za Busara has consistently provided opportunities for bands to showcase their talent," Isihaka shared.
Salma Iddi, a food vendor at Stone Town, elaborates on how the festival has become a reach of diverse platforms for them.
"Sauti za Busara is one of the festivals where I can see the changes in income compared to other festivals, the only problem is how this festival is the three day, we wish it could be more than this, " she shares.
On the other hand, Amina Abdullah from Fumba Town expressed a desire for the festival to extend beyond its current three-day duration.
"Three days isn't enough. We, the revellers, want more. We wish to see more homeland artists perform," Abdullah emphasised, reflecting the appetite for an extended celebration.
As the Sauti za Busara Festival continues to evolve, blending tradition with innovation, it remains a testament to Zanzibar's rich cultural heritage and its commitment to providing a stage for artistes to shine on a global platform.